Whether it is first thing in the morning when you're getting ready and running late for work or you're trying to enjoy a hot shower at the end of a hard day, the last thing that you want to deal with is hot water turning cold in the middle of a shower. The reasoning behind sudden cold water in your shower can be many things—some of which can even be addressed on your own, though others will require professional assistance from a plumber. Here are a few things to consider as you are trying to identify the culprit.

There Are Other Appliances in the Home Are Running

Your entire home's plumbing system may be operating completely fine, but your water heater can work only so fast. If you are doing a load of laundry, washing a load of dishes, and taking a shower, there is a good chance that your hot water heater is overloaded and you're going to run out of hot water while taking your shower. Make sure to time your showers so that they do not coincide with other water-using appliances in the house. If you notice that you are constantly running out of hot water, you may want to consider upgrading to a larger-capacity water heater for your home.

There Is a Faulty Shower Valve

Check the faucets in the rest of the home—do they have plenty of hot water? If so, then your issue is likely with the faucet in the shower. Get a professional plumber to examine the mixing valve on the showerhead to determine whether it requires replacing. Generally, this is a straightforward repair that won't cost a fortune.

There Is a Worn or Damaged Water Heater

As a general rule, water heaters will last somewhere between eight and 12 years. If you have had your water heater for some time and you are experiencing a lack of hot water during your showers, it may need new components (such as a new heating element or a new thermostat). Alternatively, the water heater may be leaking and need to be replaced completely. If it isn't nearing the end of its lifespan and you're still experiencing issues, get in touch with an experienced plumber to see what the problem is.

If you are dealing with cold water while taking showers, get in touch with a residential plumbing company in your local area for professional assistance so you can get back to enjoying nice, hot showers again.

For more information on residential plumbing services, contact a plumber near you.